From Managing Informational Asymmetries Towards a Systemic Asymmetries Approach in Technology Transfer: A Theory Based on the SME Strategy at ONERA - The French Aerospace Lab

22 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2011

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Florin Paun

University of the Littoral Opal Coast

Date Written: June 30, 2011

Abstract

The technology transfer process between a public laboratory and a company has been the subject of many publications and has been widely discussed in economic theory. This paper highlights several newly identified asymmetries occurring between the different agents taking part in the process.

The theoretical corpus of the article draws upon empirical sources, being based on the recent experience of one of the most dynamic Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) in France: the case of ONERA (the National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research) and the SMEs.

In such a cooperative innovation process, we will show that certain collaborative tools or practices emerge, aimed at reducing information asymmetries or acting as compensation mechanisms for other types of asymmetries between the partners at a microeconomic level; especially in France where there is a gap between the public R&D laboratories and the SMEs in terms of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). Some of these compensation mechanisms, particularly those related to the knowledge management, could be adapted and reshaped for agents engaged in R&D and innovation in various other sectors, perhaps inducing positive amplification effects on innovation behavior, and thereby on economic growth at the macroeconomic level within the “national innovation system”.

Keywords: TRL, DRL, French SMEs, technology transfer, information asymmetries, innovation systems

JEL Classification: O31, O33, O34, D81, G18, K11, L14, M13

Suggested Citation

Paun, Florin, From Managing Informational Asymmetries Towards a Systemic Asymmetries Approach in Technology Transfer: A Theory Based on the SME Strategy at ONERA - The French Aerospace Lab (June 30, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1875669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1875669

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